When we left off on the last blog, we were scrub planing to rough thickness. I was a little ahead of Kristin on the project without any pictures, so many of these are pics of her working the steps. We each made a box. I have more pics of her working and my finished box.
S4S the Hard Way
Flatten one side. We roughed it out with the scrub plane and finished with our No. 7. The longer plane really makes a difference in getting the stock flat.
Then we used a marking gauge to scribe the thickness around the edges. I really like the blade style gauges which slice like a knife.
Plane to the lines.
Once two faces are parallel we jointed one edge, and then scribed the final width. (missing pics of this step.
Then we rough ripped the board staying clear of the line.
Again. Using the jointer plane to hit the width.
We did a pretty poor job on documenting with pics due to the fact that we fighting to shoot the edges square. Hand tools are rough!
We used a basic bevel gauge to mark the dovetails.
Here is a tail board ready for work.
Then we cut….
There was also a lot of chiseling, but we didn’t film it.
Here is a pic of my first successful set of dovetails.
Now to be fair I cut three sets of awful looking practice tails, but these are pretty nice. Not bragging, but I am proud of the little guys.
And here is my box with the four sides joined together.
One requirement of the project was to glue up the bottom panel. So I had to rip it apart and then glue it back together.
Then I used my new favorite tool. The router plane. I spent a few hours sharpening a quarter inch bit and then started grooving the panels.
There is more to it than this, but to suffice to say: it is fun; smooth rolling cuts.
I used my shoulder plane to rabbet the panel edges.
Here is the box bottom fit into the grooves.
I have finally learned to S4S a board by hand, to joint two boards for and edge glue up by hand, and most important to me, to dovetail.
Next time: I mortise the sides and make a handle for the tote.
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